Dark Awakening

A sci-fi romance novel by author, Karlene Cameron

Four Things You Can Learn from Romance Novels Even If You Hate Them

Great article that highlights 4 things readers can learn from romance novels, proving there is a place for romance novels on the shelves of any library!

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Sadly, I’ve seen  a lot of people say they hate romance novels since joining social media. Some even proclaiming romance has no place in movies or television. When pressed for the reason why, it tends to come back to “I never get the guy/girl, so I don’t want to see someone who’s got everything get him/her.”


A part of me says welcome to Hollywood. I can’t think of the last movie I saw where the heroine wasn’t amazingly beautiful, thin, and with perfect hair.

This is why I love romance novels. There the heroines come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The heroes, too. Depending one what you read, cowboys, bikers, and billionaires are all there. So are teachers, dragons, and knights. seriously, whatever you particular interest is, there is someone out there writing it. But, you have to look.

Here’s something I’m not sure the people saying they hate…

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Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow. . .(Or Does It?)

KarleneCameronI grew up hearing those profound words from my father. At the time, I didn’t think much about what it meant. I assumed everyone worked in satisfying careers they loved.

Oh, the innocence of youth. Continue reading “Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow. . .(Or Does It?)”

3 Tips to Ensure Your Sci-Fi Romance Novel is a Heart-Throbbing Page Turner

RomanticSci-FiDarkAwakeningWhile there is no straight cut formula for writing a great romance novel, there are some basic things you should do to ensure your readers are left wanting more.  Continue reading “3 Tips to Ensure Your Sci-Fi Romance Novel is a Heart-Throbbing Page Turner”

5 Traits of an Epic Villain That Will Pull Your Readers In

Villain and Dark Awakening

A great villain could be one of the most difficult characters to develop while at the same time remaining one of the most important for an epic style sci-fi romance novel. A well-developed villain intensifies the magnet of the conflict in a story. And let’s face it, a diabolical, sinister villain is a heck of a fun character to create.

Continue reading “5 Traits of an Epic Villain That Will Pull Your Readers In”

Get a Sneak Peek into Dark Gathering, the Much-Anticipated Sequel to Dark Awakening



For those of you eagerly anticipating the sequel to Dark Awakening, set your sights on the Chihuahuan desert and Naica mountain in sunny Mexico.

What makes this setting so perfect for Dark Gathering? Continue reading “Get a Sneak Peek into Dark Gathering, the Much-Anticipated Sequel to Dark Awakening”

Deleted Prologue from Dark Awakening


Dark Awakening started out with a very different beginning from the one many of you read. In fact, by the time Dark Awakening went to the publisher, the book was over 103,000 words—in other words, (no pun intended!)—too long! After some consultation with my publisher, Black Velvet Seductions, we decided to cut the prologue. (Spoiler Alert: parts of the prologue eventually make its way into the body of the story (the beauty of time travel!), so it wasn’t completely lost.

But, for those who want to know how Dark Awakening originally began, here’s the prologue you never read:

Continue reading “Deleted Prologue from Dark Awakening”

3 Ways to Develop Believable Characters That Pull Readers In


As a romance author who strives to create engaging romantic sci fi story lines, one of the challenges I face when I put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) is finding character inspiration. Whether you are writing a romance novel or an out-of-this-world interstellar space odyssey, your characters are always the most important part of your story. Continue reading “3 Ways to Develop Believable Characters That Pull Readers In”

3 Ways to Balance Marketing Your Book and Writing Your Next Novel

Karlene Cameron author

I like to keep things simple.

And when it comes to marketing my romance novel, Dark Awakening, I take the same approach. Continue reading “3 Ways to Balance Marketing Your Book and Writing Your Next Novel”

Backstory: Episode 4, Nicolas LaFelle


Nicolas LaFelle kicked a soccer ball as he ran along the splintering asphalt street. He deftly alternated the ball between each leg as he fought to maintain control. Behind him, a group of boys ran, trying to catch him and take possession of the worn ball. Their laughter was infectious as they ran and played, seemingly unaware of the inequalities that existed in their world. Continue reading “Backstory: Episode 4, Nicolas LaFelle”

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